I suspect I am late to the party, but I have been very impressed by some recent nebbiolos. First came an excellent tasting a couple of months ago (my notes are here) and then, more recently, I presented three nebbiolos blind to get an objective view and was really pleased with them. The first wine I have reviewed previously and was Traversa’s Starderi Barbaresco from the 2010 vintage. I really cannot recommend this wine highly enough (for my earlier review see here).
The second wine was Luigi Baudana’s Barolo also from the 2010 vintage. With the benefit of a decent decant (~2 hours), this wine showed classic aromas of tar, roses and licorice. The palate has high acidity and towards long length. Fresh and delicious, this Barolo has a long life ahead of it. The third and final wine was a ring in from the Yarra Valley – a nebbiolo from Luke Lambert and the 2014 vintage. A tiny amount of this wine is produced – only 1367 bottles – but it is worth tracking down. Tasted blind, many were confused by its pinot noir like characters and, to be honest, I would have been too. It has pungent aromas of fruit, roses and fresh soil. The palate shows an acidity and balance that more closely resembles a Piemonte expression of the grape than most of the Australian nebbiolos I have tasted to date.